San Francisco attorney David Replogle has been convicted of first-degree murder, conspiracy, grand theft, burglary and identity theft in a sordid plot to kill an elderly gay man whose body has never been found.
Replogle, 61, and his accomplice, former Castro Street bartender Miguel Bustamante, 28, were found guilty today by a Riverside County jury in the death of 74 year-old Clifford Lambert. Both men face life in prison when they are sentenced on March 4.
Clifford Lambert was targeted because he was an older gay man living alone with assets that the conspirators wanted for themselves. Not only was his art work stolen, but after Lambert was murdered, Replogle posed as him in order to have title of the home transferred to him so that it could be sold quickly.
The case of David Replogle is the first real estate fraud of which I am aware for which a gay person was targeted by another in an affinity fraud.